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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sweet-n-Sassy Bookaholics Tour: Rush of Insanity by Eden Summers (Review + Giveaway)

Good morning all! Today’s book could have been a close call but I should have known better than to doubt Eden Summers. Bad me, very bad me.

About Eden Summers
Eden Summers is a true blue Aussie, living in regional New South Wales with her two energetic young boys and a quick witted husband.

In late 2010, Eden’s romance obsession could no longer be sated by reading alone, so she decided to give voice to the sexy men and sassy women in her mind.

Eden can’t resist alpha dominance, dark features and sarcasm in her fictional heroes and loves a strong heroine who knows when to bite her tongue but also serves retribution with a feminine smile on her face.

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Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the author for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: OmniLit / All Romance eBooks
Release Date: February 1, 2016
She won’t go down without a fight…and he’s looking forward to it.

Harper left the world famous solo artist, Judd Hart, over a year ago. No matter how much she cared for him, their worlds were miles apart. All they shared was great sex and the ability to drive each other crazy. So why is she at his concert, drooling over the sound of his delicious voice, when she’s spent months convincing herself they can never work?

Letting Harper walk out on him was the biggest mistake of Judd’s life. And now that he’s sighted her amongst the crowd, he won’t let her run away again. Not even if it means holding her hostage on his tour bus until he can seduce some sense into her. They have a lot to work out, but this time, he will do whatever it takes to convince her they have a future.

Apart, their lives are smooth sailing. Together, it’s pure craziness. But sometimes it’s okay to enjoy the rush of insanity.

The bare bones of this story is that Judd and Harper have a crazy history of fighting, sexing and insecurity but Judd has decided that this time, he’s going to play for keeps because Harper is IT for him. The problem is that she’s not on board and something about her has changed making him realize that the fight isn’t going to be as easy or fun as he thought.

*takes a deep breath and wipes forehead* Whew, this one had me a bit worried that maybe Eden Summers was going into a different direction with her writing because these two characters were nuts! Rush of insanity indeed!

Not gonna lie, Judd and Harper seemed like they had this sick, twisted game they played with each other where they drove each other to the brink of madness, then screwed like bunnies on Viagra and after didn’t know what to do with one another. I was definitely nervous when by about 20% in I still wasn’t 100% behind the relationship, nor had I bonded with either character. That was partly due to the fact that both Judd and Harper were so secretive in their emotions and thoughts. They pretty much kept their thoughts to one thing and one thing only and that was their quasi-relationship status.

Then there was a realization by Judd that Harper was no longer willing to play the games they played and that changed the tone and direction of Rush of Insanity. Plus I was able to breathe a sigh of relief because Eden Summers is one of the very few go-to authors I have left on my list (The rest have changed their writing style to something that I just couldn’t get into)!

After that crucial point in the story, it started to feel less like a sex affair between two children and more like an angst filled, last-chance-at-love kind of story. In other words, it felt like an Eden Summers story. At that point I started to really see the characters and feel what they were feeling. Judd truly did love Harper and had for a while but he didn’t know how to change what was so familiar to them both so naturally as a man he didn’t really think about how he was going to win Harper until it was almost too late. Of course he did kind of kidnap her and hold her hostage so that she couldn’t do anything more than listen to him and have hot, sweaty monkey sex. So any self respecting woman would give him a hard time after that. Even if she did enjoy the sex.

And Harper was a self respecting woman, even with her trust issues. I related to how tired she was of playing the same old game and being so sure that nothing would change. She was emotionally drained but at the same time had the “One more time” syndrome when it came to Judd. Couldn’t blame the woman because it was clear she didn’t have rose colored glasses on about Judd’s world and was honest about how hard it would be to be in a relationship with him. I felt for her but I also liked how she was putting her welfare first rather than his. Harper was stubborn which was both a blessing and a curse but she and Judd had to butt heads, fight and hurt before they could reach the point of talking about their past relationship and work on a future one.

Does it make me a big meanie if I said part of what I enjoyed about Rush of Insanity was Judd’s growing insecurity in winning Harper forever? I mean when the story starts he’s so full of BS that I didn’t care for him too much but as he started realizing that Harper wasn’t going to fall into his arms and beg him to love her, he started to really sweat. I wanted to see Judd throw his pride away and do whatever he had to in order to prove to Harper that he was head over heels in love with her and needed her in his life. He needed answers to some difficult questions about their past relationship and it wasn’t easy for him to ask those questions of Harper. I felt it made him a man instead of a boy in a man’s body. By the end of the story, I was in love with Judd myself.

Now Judd’s friend Tank was someone I didn’t have a problem liking. Part teddy bear, part bad ass bodyguard with a bit of kidnapper in him, Tank’s softer side when it came to watching over Judd and even Harper didn’t leave any room for me to do anything but go “Awww, he’s a sweetie.” There’s nothing I like more than a tough guy with a heart of gold.

Judd and Harper didn’t have an easy road to happiness and even at the end it was clear there were things they were still going to have to work on because all those issues don’t just go away because “I love you’s” were exchanged and that’s what made the ending more believable. The thought that even after that last page these characters were going to go on working on their issues, fighting and loving each other.

Final Verdict: Rush of Insanity had a crazy, unpredictable start which mirrored the main characters but it soon became an intense second chance romance between two people who needed to get to know each other for real or lose each other forever. Loved it.

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